Russ Pillar
Founder and Executive Chairman, Reigning Champs LLC


Russ Pillar is passionate about opportunity democratization, youth advocacy, and environmental defense. Over a career that has spanned three decades, he has run some of the world’s best loved and well-known consumer brands including the Virgin Entertainment Group, the CBS Internet Group, the Viacom Digital Media Group, Prodigy Internet, and the Los Angeles Marathon, among others. He’s served on the Board of Directors of more than three dozen for-profit public and private consumer-facing direct-to-consumer retail, media, sports, and entertainment companies; his non-profit Board service has included Heal the Bay, The Nature Conservancy (Idaho), the Brown University Sports Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities (Florida), and more. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.